By Mariam Sesay
Sierra Leone has committed to reducing new malaria infections by 40 percent by 2020, the Programme Manager of Roll Back Malaria said on Tuesday.
This will require concerted actions from government, partners, health staff and communities to ensure uptake of preventive measures and timely treatment for all.
Dr. Smith said Malaria is the cause of over 38% of all hospital consultation, and 17.6% of those admitted die of malaria.
The death rate of malaria for the following years include: 4872 death for 2016; 2288 for 2017; and 1869 for 2018. He said malaria is still the cause of child morbidity and mortality rate in Sierra Leone, where out of every ten children four tested positive of malaria.
He said that the government is therefore strengthening collaboration with the military and private partners, and that they would soon embark on the distribution of treated mosquitoes bed nets nationwide. He noted that the bed net is a very effective intervention in the fight against malaria, but sadly people are not making full use of the bed nets in the northern part of the country.
Malaria remains a public health concern and half of the world population is still at risk getting infected with the disease, and pregnant women and children below five years are the most vulnerable groups,
He noted that since 2000, the world has made historic progress against malaria by saving millions of lives from this preventable and treatable disease which costs a child’s life every two minutes. Malaria is killing more than one million people every year, according to Dr Smith.
The theme for this year’s commemoration is: “Zero Malaria Starts with Me” and the slogan is: “Yu get Wambodi Go Ospitul Wantem.”
Dr. Smith pointed out that Roll Back Malaria Partnership Programme is a global platform for coordinated actions on WMD to focus the attention of policymakers, donors, partners and the public.